36 King St W
Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3
Innovative, inspiring, and ever-evolving: this is the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. As one of Waterloo Region’s largest arts and cultural organizations, we continue to push boundaries, build community, and welcome and cultivate world-class talent in our community. Who we are and how we approach our work is a reflection of the innovative and entrepreneurial culture which abounds in this Region. Today, the KWS is one of Canada’s outstanding orchestras, presenting a diverse and rich concert season and garnering national and international attention for its artistry, musicianship and innovative programming. Its education and outreach programs serve its evolving community and a continuum of ages. The KWS continues to be the largest employer of artists and cultural workers and the most significant cultural asset for Waterloo Region.
Since 1945 the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has grown from a community orchestra into the third largest in Ontario, our peers being the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. We have expanded the idea of what music is, what it can be and how it can make an impact – often in unexpected ways. The KWS has positioned ourselves as one of Canada’s leading orchestras and has worked strategically to become an orchestra for the next generation.
We are a robust, complex organization that brings the joy and inspiration of music to the lives of the very young, through the Kinder, Family and School Concerts. Economically disadvantaged children receive music lessons on orchestral instruments through our Bridge to Music program and the next generation of musicians is nurtured through our Youth Orchestra Program. Community outreach concerts are performed in non-traditional venues each year including Kitchener City Hall, Grand Valley Institution for Women, Chandler Mowat Community Centre, and the Rotary Adult Centre, to spread the joy of music to those who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity. We perform over 222 concerts annually to an audience of over 90,000, both in the concert hall and across Waterloo Region.
The Folks Behind It All
Andrei Feher, Music Director
Andrei Feher has earned a reputation for his musical maturity and integrity, natural authority and grace on the podium, and an imaginative and intelligent approach to programming. At the age of 26 Feher was appointed as the new Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, a position he assumed in August 2018.
Having gained early experience as assistant to Fabien Gabel at the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, at the age of 22 Feher joined the Orchestre de Paris as Assistant Conductor to its Music Director, Paavo Järvi. During this time he collaborated with conductors including Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnányi, Thomas Hengelbrock and Jaap van Zweden, as well as regularly conducting the orchestra in their popular Young Public concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris.
A strong advocate of contemporary music, Feher has recently performed works by Eric Champagne, Pierre Mercure, George Dimitrov, Ciprian Pop and Abigail Richardson, as well as the world premiere of Thierry Besancon’s opera for children Les Zoocrates with Opéra de Lausanne. In November 2015, Feher conducted the world premiere of Soleil Noir by Pierre Jodlowski with the Orchestre de Pau-Béarn, which resulted in an immediate invitation to conduct the work in Toulouse in November 2016.
Born in Romania into a family of musicians, Feher began his musical education as a violinist in his hometown Satu-Mare before continuing his studies at the Montreal Conservatoire when his parents relocated to Canada.